How Australians were ready to act on climate science 25 years ago … and what happened next There’s something about climate change that almost everyone in Australia has either forgotten or never knew in the first place. In 1990 Bob Hawke announced his government wanted the country to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by the year 2005. For a fleeting moment, it seemed the Australian public, politicians and the media were in agreement with the science. But a new book investigates how the industries that stood to lose the most worked to undermine the science and entirely reshape the story being told to the public. “We have been propagandised,” says the author, Maria Taylor. Hawke was ready
Rocky Mountain Institute - Driving the Efficient Use of Resources Creating Better Buildings Achieving deeper levels of energy savings will require a scaling up of investment in energy efficiency. RMI’s new practice guide on how to calculate and present value from deep energy retrofits can help drive that investment. Study Says Frame Global Warming As A ‘Public Health’ Issue Tweet A new study is urging activists and the media to talk less about how global warming will impact the environment and more about how it will negatively impact public health. Framing global warming as a public health issue, the study says, will convince people to support policies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. “When framed as an environmental problem, this interpretation likely distances many people from the issue and contributes to a lack of serious and sustained public engagement necessary to develop solutions,” reads a new study published in the journal Environmental Communication.
The Kayapo Indians' Struggle in Brazil January 2004 The Kayapo Indians’ Struggle in Brazil The Kayapó get settled at a rally against a dam on the Xingu River, Brazil. Photo: International Rivers. Climate Impacts on Global Issues Climate Impacts on Global Issues International Climate Impacts Key Points Countries around the world will likely face climate change impacts that affect a wide variety of sectors, from water resources to human health to ecosystems. Impacts will vary by region and by population.
Pollution means China's thirst can't be quenched – no matter what is spent The Baoying Pumping Station in Yangzhou in China's eastern Jiangsu province is one of more than 30 pumping stations to be constructed in the province as part of China's ambitious South-North Water Diversion Project. Claro Cortes/Reuters China's biggest hydro-engineering project – the £39bn South-North Water Diversion Project, is so contaminated by pollution despite the construction of more than 400 expensive treatment plants that water remains barely usable even after treatment, reports revealed this week. When a Billion Chinese Jump: How China Will Save Mankind – Or Destroy It by Jonathan Watts The South-North Water Diversion Project, is a hugely ambitious, 50-year project that aims to solve the country's worsening drought problems with three giant channels that will divert part of the Yangtze river towards the thirsty cities and factories around Beijing. It also highlights the severity of the pollution along the coastal manufacturing belt.
Kilo: Long-Lasting Typhoon May Strenghten Meteorologist Ari Sarsalari talks about Typhoon Kilo, a long-lasting storm churning in the West Pacific. The hyperactive Pacific Ocean pulled off an impressive feat with six tropical cyclones spinning in the Pacific Basin at one time Sunday, July 12. Tropical Depression Six-E developed in the eastern Pacific Sunday morning becoming the sixth tropical cyclone in the Pacific Ocean to be active at one time – joining Tropical Storm Dolores in its own basin; Typhoon Nangka and then-Tropical Storm Chan-hom, in the Western Pacific; and Halola and Iune, which were then both Central Pacific tropical storms. Six at Once - July 12, 2015 Six at Once - July 12, 2015 Myths of the Australian climate change debate Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives for a press conference on climate targets with Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen The new climate target will be difficult to meet The Coalition announced it will cut emissions by between 26 and 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.